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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

The Hateful Eight

The Weinstein Company presents an R rated, 182 minute, Western, directed and written by Quentin Tarantino with a theater release date of December 25, 2015.

 

Chapter One: In the post-Civil War days in Wyoming a stage coach moves swiftly through the snow covered hills trying to outrace a following blizzard. O.B. Jackson (James Parks) is driving the coach with John Ruth (Kurt Russell) a bounty hunter inside with his passenger Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who happens to have a $10,000 price tag on her head, dead or alive. So far she is alive but if she keeps talking it may not be for long especially after they stop for another passenger Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) who has 3 dead bodies tied up on the snow covered trail. John decides to allow Marquis to ride with them as long as they watch each other’s back. Since they met before and Marquis let John read his letter from Lincoln all goes well at least for the two men. Of course the conversation is rude, racial, obnoxious yet interesting along their ride to Red Rock.

Chapter Two: After a slight altercation they come upon yet another man walking alone in the snow, Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) and after some persuasion he too gets a ride into town. Chapter Three: That is until the storm worsens and they take refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery where they meet a number of strangers, Oswaldo Mobray (Tom Roth) the hangman of Red Rock, Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) on his way to visit his mother, General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern) not the biggest fan of the black population, Bob (Demian Bichir) who happens to be watching the place while Minnie (Dana Gourrier) and her staff are out of town. Well the Major has his suspicions about Bob seeing that, well let’s just say he has his reasons, one may be is ethnicity but while watching John’s back they both wonder who these guys are and if they’re after their bounty. At the end of this chapter one person dies after a very naked and sexual true story is told by another in the Haberdashery.

Chapter Four: Domergue’s got a secret and soon thereafter two more under one roof die a violent death. Leading up to some interesting accusations that this time has a lot of truth about a certain Mexican in the group. Chapter Five: after the intermission at the theater since this film is over three hours we get to see exactly what happened the morning before John and Marquis showed up at Minnie’s and let’s just say it’s not child friendly by no means. I do wonder what happened to the cat though! All these stories and the mysterious people that seem to be dying off one after another leads up to the final chapter of a black man in white hell with a final decision of deal or no deal.

This film is typical Tarantino with some very loud and strange music that reminded me of an old horror film. His direction like always is odd yet brilliant and his writing is absolutely in your face not holding back about race, religion or politics which makes the story even more fascinating. I admit I was not exactly the films fan in the first half, liking it but not loving it, but after the actual intermission and yes there was one, the second half pulls everything into perspective in a horrific and violent manner. Strong language, nudity, sexual encounters, strong violence and just plain bloody gore all come together making this film a must see if not only for its odd sense of humor and brilliant cast.

There is a small appearance by Channing Tatum which makes the plot come together but it is truly the entire cast that makes this movie what it is, in a Tarantino way, perfect. Jackson is phenomenal as he gets called the “N” word throughout the entire story. Russell is superb as he shares the spotlight the entire time with Jason Leigh who brings much of the levity in a strange yet intriguing manner. Goggins is a key player with a key character as is Bichir, Madsen and Roth. Dern is a support system to the story but for as little as he says when he does it is spot on. Parks, Gourrier, Zoe Bell who plays Six-Horse Judy, along with Gene Jones and a few others add so much to a lot of dialogue that plays out like a game of Clue or an old film called ”10 Little Indians”. Bottom line Tarantino once again brings a no holds barred feature film to a theater near you that will have you guessing in the beginning of what you’re watching but understanding it all in the end.

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